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SNC1W Science – Grade 9 (Academic)

  • Grade 9


GRADE: 9 (Academic)

AVAILABILITY: Full-time – All Campuses, Private – All campuses, Blyth Academy Online


Course Overview

SNC1W focuses on the fundamental concepts of science and on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills. It supports students in making connections between skills and concepts and the practical applications of science in their lives, and in learning about biology, chemistry, physics, and Earth and space science. This curriculum is designed to help students prepare for deeper levels of science as they continue in secondary school and beyond. 


Essential Question: How can understanding the physical and chemical properties of elements and compounds help us explore science, technology and the environment?

In this unit, students will learn to define and use various terminology as it relates to the classification of matter. Students will also be introduced to the Periodic Table of Elements and will learn to arrange electronic distribution using the Bohr-Rutherford model for the first 20 elements. Students will extend their understanding and relate atomic structure to the position of an element in the periodic table and compare/contrast the physical properties of different elements within a group family.

Sustainable Ecosystems and Climate Change

Essential Question: What does it mean to live sustainably? How can we reduce our ecological footprint?

In this unit, students will compare and contrast living/non-living features of land and water-based ecosystems, describe and compare nutrient cycling between the four different spheres and discuss the maintenance and sustainability of the four spheres and human interactions. Students will also investigate and discuss human activities and the impact they have on different ecosystems, including pollution, acid rain/acidic water systems and clean-ups.

Physics & Electricity

Essential Question: How can electrical energy be transformed into useful forms of energy? What impact does the generation and use of electricity have on our world?

In this unit, students will discuss the basic properties and principles of static and current electricity and predict different materials’ pull/hold on electric charges. Students will explore the transfer of static charge between materials by friction, contact and/or induction. Students will examine how different devices use/control static electricity and improve electrical efficiency and compare and contrast the basics of static and current electricity. 

Earth & Space Science

Essential Question: What impact does space exploration have? Is space exploration worth it for humans to pursue?

In this unit, students will investigate the characteristics and properties of a variety of celestial objects visible from Earth in the night sky. Students will discuss the Sun’s composition and energy source, as well as the motions of the Sun, Moon and Earth. Students will also think critically about whether or not the pursuit of space exploration is worth it to humanity.

Please consult our Frequently Asked Questions Page or the Exam section within your course for more details on final exams and the exam fee. More information can also be found in our Student Handbook.

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